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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Conghaille, May 15, 2019.

  1. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    So I'm working my way through some life changes that will probably afford me a lot less physical space (and money) for guitars and musical equipment. As I've been conjuring some preliminary ideas that might shape my downsizing decisions, I got to wondering what others would do.

    So the question is, what would you choose?

    1 Guitar (Maybe 2, but with good reason)
    1 Amp
    Maybe 1-3 pedals

    You have to already own them or be able to trade into them if you were liquidating your collections.

    Amp needs to be relatively modest on size and power usage...say not bigger than 50 watts or 2x12.

    Oh, and nothing that requires other equipment, like computers, interfaces, etc.

    Obviously if you are a currently working musician, this is even more hypothetical for you.

    Also anything about rationality would be helpful. For example, I play a bunch of styles, so a couple of rationale might be 1) select the rig that plays your main thing best and get by in the rest or 2) select a rig that plays most styles at least pretty well, but maybe none excellently.

    I'd love to see what you all would do if you were in my shoes. Thanks!
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  2. wildelectric

    wildelectric Squier-Nut

    Sep 23, 2016
    Western Illinois
    Playing hard rock and heavy metal, this choice is easier.

    Heritage H170
    Randall 1x12 combo
    Roland Ds-1

    There would be a whole lot more debating over gear choices if a bunch of styles were on the table. Good luck.
  3. Paruwi

    Paruwi Squier-Meister

    Apr 28, 2019
    That would be an easy decision for me - though I hope I have never to decide....

    The Virtuoso and the Mesa Express 5:25

    and one of the Masterfields, probably the one with the P90
    (just because of the different sound and you can play them without amp, and still hear more than any SolidBody)

    the Mesa Footswitch, the EB Volume and the Mooer RedTruck would be more than enough to step on for me
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  4. TomL

    TomL Squier-holic


    OK, if it were me, I’m keeping 2 of my guitars to allow me as broad a range and variety of styles. I don’t have anything particularly valuable, but this is a killer.

    I’m keeping my Epiphone Les Paul Custom, because with its upgraded Seymour Duncan JB and Jazz humbuckers, it has both power and clarity.
    I’m also keeping my Korean Squier Strat, which has Tonerider Pure Vintage pickups, and like their name, they have a clear, glassy, Vintage stratty sound. Between them, those two guitars will cover pretty much anything.

    Amp-wise, I’m sort of cheating, but in fairness, because of space issues, I only have 2 amps at the minute. As lovely as my Blackstar HT1R is, at 1 watt, it’s too small to have as my only amp! So I’m going with my Boss Katana Artist, which although it’s 100 watts, it’s not too big, and can be played at 50 and 0.5 watts. It’s solid state, but sounds tubey. It has tons of options to cover different styles, but unlike modelling amps, it keeps its own character and sounds organic. While you can do a lot via computer interfaces, it also works great as a straight forward plug in and play amp. So it has bags of versatility.
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  5. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    If I take sentimental reasons off the table, it easy. My Les Paul and my new Katana amp. If I get to keep one more guitar, it would be my yellow Strat.

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  6. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-Nut

    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    The amp would be my Hot Rod Deluxe 40W 1x12

    The pedal would be my Boss GT-100

    The guitar would have to be probably my Jackson RR-3 simply because I would pick a guitar with a Floyd and sounds decent clean.

    But later this year I'm saving up to get an HSS Player Strat with factory Floyd and once I have that it would be my #1.

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  7. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    @Conghaille First of all, I'm sorry to hear of your current circumstances. I hope things get better for you soon.

    As for guitar gear, it really depends on what you like playing. What styles are you mostly into?

    I would think that maybe one guitar with single coils and one guitar with humbuckers - or one hss electric guitar and one acoustic - could be a pretty versatile combo.

    Concerning pedals, perhaps overdrive, reverb and distortion or chorus or delay - depending on what you like - could be worthy options.
    Or how about a very small multi effects unit?
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  8. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    I have some specific choices that I'm toying with, but before I "poison the well", I want to hear what other people would do, given their musical style and gear tastes.

    I'll throw some of my ideas out there in a bit.
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  9. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-holic

    Jul 14, 2018
    Nashville, Tn
    Lol... Nightmare scenario... But I have to say I could do it, no prob... I really try to keep things simple in my day to day, anyway, and I'd say;

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    My '97 MIM Squier Strat... Pop got me this guitar for Christmas of '97 and as
    some of you know, in '97 they used Fender necks and bodies, and every time someone picked up my "lil Squier" they would just about always comment that it felt and played like a "real" Fender, lol... Now I know why, lol... It was my first big overhaul after I got here... I replaced all the electronics with full size CST pots, a new .22 cap, and added the "blender" mod, which I LOVE and don't know how I ever went without now...
    And I left the factory pups in it because they sound SO dang good and "Stratty"... It's beat to hell, has a heavy gloss neck with dings all up and down it, and I wouldn't change it for the world...

    As for the amp, that'd be my Katana 100 1X12 combo, because A; It's the best sounding amp that I'VE personally ever heard, and it has every single effect you could POSSIBLE ever want... ESPECIALLY if ya hook it up to a computer and use the software...

    I said "no prob" but in all honesty, I'd probably really miss my CV Tele with the Alnico IIIs... But the only other thing I could POSSIBLY ever need is something with humbuckers (like my LP Special II with Guitar Madness Super 8's), but it's not a "necessity"...
  10. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Sorry to hear about the potential life changes my friend. I hope things work out.

    If I were to have to pare down to two guitars, I would definitely keep:
    Epi Casino Coupe in Inverness Green. They don't make that anymore and, AFAIK, there are only two in the US.
    SQ Strat.

    I would mourn the VM Tele Custom and the LP Trib+, but versions of those are still for sale.

    I don't have any sentimental attachments to amps. I'd probably keep the Bugera G20 and the 1x12 Epi cab with the upgraded Celestion.
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  11. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    Less is more sometimes. We’re it me, in my current situation, it’s be My duo sonic and Monoprice 15. Reasoning; because the DS is my oldest and most comfortable guitar and the MP15 is practical. Pedals, I have a delay, chorus, and tube screamer, reverb built into the amp.
    If I were to sell everything and start from scratch, I’d probably go with an epi es339 or Ibanez artcore semi hollow (for the smaller body, yet tonal range of splittable humbuckers and semi hollow body) and a fender Blues JR (as it’s just a better quality version of the MP15), pedals I would run with an all in one multi effect pedal. That rig would give a large variety of tones and applications fitting for recording or live gigging, with a band or otherwise.
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  12. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    Thanks for all the feedback! Please keep it coming! You're all great!

    More specifics on my situation. Guitar sounds that I play most often or like the most, I'll make just a list of bands to keep it simple.

    AC/DC (Bon & B in B)
    Pre-80s ZZ-Top
    Replacements (early rough)
    (Tons of various 60s-70s classic/southern rock)
    VH ( mostly pre Diver Down, some early sammy)

    I'd been cutting down my amps already. I have a Marshall DSL40C, but I play it through a custom loaded 4x12 with Greenbacks.
    I also have a blues Jr that I like some cleans better on. Also have some low end Fender & Marshall SS practice amps, a Mustang V2 1 I never use, and a 90s era Deluxe 112 SS combo.

    Guitars, I have:
    MiM Strat, FR, loaded with Evos (most aggressive guitar I have)
    MiM Strat, Std with Tex Mex pups
    Squier CV 50s Strat, 3xSD SSL-1s, blocked trem
    Squier Bullet Strat, HH Gibson BB2 bridge (my best build of a "Fender SG")
    Squier Standard Tele, HS SD Mini59er bridge, QP neck (me 2nd best build at a "Fender SG")
    Squier Standard Tele, Fender Vintage pups (just a good, standard Tele)
    Squier CV 50s BSB Tele, Fender NoCaster pups. (My best Tele, kept in open G for stones, country)
    Xavierre LP type, loaded with Gibson 57/57+ pups. (Sold all my Epi LPs after getting this. Great guitar)
    Xacierre LP type/Florentine, P90s (Great, raunchy guitar for low/mid-crunch)\
    An old, bottom-end Fender dreadnaught

    I have a ton of pedals.

    So my thinking to this point is, from easiest to hardest:

    Pedals (assuming amp has reverb): TS9, Trio+, and something higher Dist-> maybe my tube Blackstar DISTX or maybe a carbon copy if the amp gain/voicing lets me lost the TS9

    Amp: I really like my Marshall, but the 4x12 has to go, and as a combo, even with the creamback swap, I like it less. The Fender Blues Jr is just too Boxy to be my main amp.

    I always liked the clean and crunch of the Peavey Classic series, so I could consider the Classic 30 combo or the 20 MH + 2x12 cab. (trading in/selling off all the other amps).

    I had a Katana, which is great in many ways, but I'm just in love with my tubes.

    I honestly have no idea with the guitars. I think the "math" might suggest that I keep one dual HB and one P90 or slightly higher output single coil (the Florentine or the Tex Mex Strat?) I really don't know. I've been selling off guitars for a while and with what I have left, they either have an emotional attachment or a tonal reason to exist.

    Maybe, since I built the collection based on fitting niches, the guitar/s I will need aren't in that group?

    The more I think about it, the farther I get from a decision.
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  13. Old Man

    Old Man Squier-Nut

    Jan 2, 2013
    3 string cigar box fretless guitar, maybe a pickup and a pignose amp. Sit on the front porch and scratch out some pre-dust bowl slide blues. :p

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  14. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    You don't list the Stones or any country act, so the open G Tele doesn't fit into the list - just making an objective observation. If I were you, I'd keep the Xavierres, 2 MIM Strats, and one of the standard Teles on the first cull.
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  15. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    I played only Teles for 25 years, so they have a special place in my life, and that one is my favorite, although it's true that in recent years I don't play the Teles nearly as often. But the stones should be in the list. Country is more generic for me. I don't love country artists, but I like to play it sometimes.
  16. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    I currently have 30 guitars and 8 amps of my own, if I recall correctly. One of the 8 is a Bugera V5 that will probably get returned to to GC this weekend.

    If I were allowed to keep 2 guitars:
    The first would be my crappy Les Paul Special II, because it was my first guitar. (A Christmas gift nearly 20 years ago.)
    The second would be either my Epiphone Les Paul Florentine, because it has ProBuckers and coil splitting or my Silverburst LP Custom, for the same reason. It would come down to whichever sold first.
    Actually, the more I think about it, I probably wouldn't keep a "nice" LP, and instead keep my Gretsch acoustic.
    I could manage with the just the Special II as my electric. It already has upgraded tuners (maybe upgrade the pickups while downsizing everything.)

    I would keep my Valveking 20 MH and my 412 for my amp, because the 20/5/1W switching, and the ability to completely turn off the speaker output for recording or silent practice w/headphones

    Tuner: Korg DT-10
    OD/Distortion/Boost: (Depending on what sold first this would either be a Fulldrive 3, Sugar Drive, or an LMP dual pedal, that I can't remember the configuration.)
    Delay: Mooer Reecho (or trade some thing(s) for a multi-effect)
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  17. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

    Feb 3, 2017
    I'd keep my '84 Guild D40 and my '67 Guild Starfire V.
    Three Pedals? OK - my Crybaby Wah, Boss CE 5 chorus and EH LPB-1. Only one amp? TubeWorks RT 2100R head. One 112 open back cab, loaded with a 150 watt 8 ohm Swamp Thang. Or for a 212 rig, two Thiele spec cubes, one loaded with an early British 16 ohm Seventy80, the other with my reconed 16 ohm Altec 417 8C, each rated for 75 watts rms.
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  18. Caddy

    Caddy Dr. Squier

    Nov 29, 2010
    Be fairly easy for me (not that I would like to do so), my MIM Tele, my Vibro Champ XD, zero pedals and an acoustic. Choosing only one acoustic to keep would be by far the hardest decision for me (but it would not be a dread).
  19. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    I can't tell if this is hard because I am partial to them all or somewhat indifferent. If I have to sell everything but two, I would keep the 72 style Tele Custom I built and the Blueridge BR-160 my mom bought me. Basses would be harder but likely my '92 '62 Reissue MIJ Fender Jazz and the Squier CV50. I only own one guitar amp and one bass amp, a 5F1 Tweed and a Traynor SB112. I don't really form any kind of attachment to pedals but probably the Keeley compressor.
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  20. kenneth

    kenneth Squier-Meister

    Aug 3, 2016
    Have you seen the YouTube channel “five watt world”? He is into minimalism and getting the most out of your gear. Interesting concept.

    I would keep my :
    -LTD 256 Viper with coil split. ( modded with locking keys, strap locks, etc.)

    -I would also keep my SE Strat. ( heavily modded as well)

    -Amp would be a Mustang GT 100 ( sorry! I really like sounds of on the edge breakup and variety of what it can do)

    - 2nd amp would be a Vox Super Mini Beetle

    Pedal would be my Zoom MS 100 BT for various sounds and to conect 2 amps in stereo

    I wouldn’t want less than 2 guitars, 2 amps , and 1 multi use pedal.

    Darn..forgot I need an acoustic too!

    All the best on achieving your goals.
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